Minister of Status of Women attacked for supporting M-312
Feminist groups, the abortion lobby, and unions organized a campaign within minutes of Rona Ambrose’s vote for M-312. Ambrose, who said she is especially concerned with sex-selective abortion, was one of ten members of Stephen Harper’s cabinet who voted for Stephen Woodworth’s motion, but pro-abortionists singled the minister out for attack because she is the Minister of State (Status of Women).
The next day, Ambrose’s office was inundated with email and notes calling for her to resign, saying that the minister responsible for women’s issues had to clearly support abortion.
NDP Status of Women critic Niki Ashton responded calling for Ambrose’s resignation and said on Twitter, “Shocked that (the minister) of status of women supported clawing back women’s rights. Time for a new minister.”
Alexa Conradi, president of the Quebec Federation of Women, said in a statement that Ambrose was irresponsible to want a committee formed to consider a definition of human life, which she inferred was not looking after the “interests of women.” M-312 did not mention abortion, but rather called for a scientific inquiry into preborn life and a parliamentary debate about it. By supporting the debate, Conradi said, Ambrose was “shirking her responsibility” as Minister for Status of Women.
Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, called Ambrose’s vote “a shocking failure.” Arthur insisted that in her job to protect “the interests of women” and “promote women’s equality” Ambrose was duty-bound to uphold abortion and resist any debate about it. “We’re going to go after her and her resignation,” Arthur threatened.
In reaction to the attacks Campaign Life Coalition Youth and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform have launched an online campaign in support of Ambrose, resulting in thousands of signs of support on Facebook and through YouTube videos congratulating the minister’s courageous stand. Alissa Golob, head of Campaign Life Coalition Youth, said, “In less than 24 hours the Support Rona Ambrose Facebook page got over a thousand likes and the numbers continue to grow. We also have an events page where people are posting videos stating their support for Rona.” CLCY and CCBR encouraged pro-lifers – especially female pro-lifers – to show support by making a short video “even as short as ten seconds, saying that you support her and her vote for Motion 312 … let her know that Canadian women support her vote.” Within days, the CLCY video was one of the most popular the group ever uploaded to YouTube, an online video service.
“I have repeatedly raised concerns about discrimination of girls by sex selection abortion: no law needed, but we need awareness!” Ambrose wrote in a Tweet following the vote. During Question Period the next day, Ambrose noted that her vote on M-312 was the “first question that I have received on the Status of Women file this year.”
Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada praised Ambrose. On her blog ProWomanProLife, Mrozek said, “since M-312 called only for discussion, voting in favour of it is a vote for debate and democracy, and that can only be a good thing.”